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Allyn Malventano
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Florence, KY

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Update Process and Conclusion

06/30/2016 - 15:58

The update process If you’ve got an 840 and suspect it feels slower than it used to, here’s how you update. First, you need Samsung Magician 4.9.7 installed (link here). Once up and running, simply checking the firmware update page should get...

Brace Yourselves, Samsung SM961, PM961, 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs Are Coming!

06/21/2016 - 16:02

We've known Samsung was working on OEM-series SSDs using their new 48-layer V-NAND, and it appears they are getting closer to shipping in volume, so here's a peek at what is to come: [inline:files/news/2016-06-21/s-l1600.jpg] First up are the...

Drobo Updates 5D to Turbo Edition 5Dt

06/21/2016 - 14:43

Today Drobo updated their 5D, shifting to Thunderbolt 2, an included mSATA caching SSD, and faster internals: [inline:files/news/2016-06-21/5bay-front-header.png] The new 5Dt (t for Turbo Edition) builds on the strengths of the 5D, which launched three...

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro 2TB Review - More Power

06/21/2016 - 08:22

Introduction Western Digital launched their My Passport Wireless nearly two years ago. It was a nifty device that could back up or offload SD cards without the need for a laptop, making it ideal for photographers in the field. I came away from that...

My Cloud app, Performance, Pricing, and Conclusion

06/21/2016 - 08:20

The My Cloud app is largely unchanged from the version launched with the original My Passport Wireless. We detailed most of those features here, but there are some changes worth noting: [inline:files/review/2016-06-21/IMG_2360.PNG] Naturally the app was...

Externals, Internals, Setup, and Dashboard

06/21/2016 - 07:42

Externals [inline:files/review/2016-06-21/DSC01271.jpg] The My Passport Wireless Pro has a nice solid build quality and feels like the sort of thing you could toss into a backpack without worrying about breaking anything. For those that prefer...

Crucial MX300 750GB 2.5" SATA SSD Review - 3D NAND on a Budget

06/14/2016 - 03:16

Introduction Micron joined Intel in announcing their joint venture production of IMFT 3D NAND just a bit over a year ago. The industry was naturally excited since IMFT has historically enabled relatively efficient production, ultimately resulting in...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

06/14/2016 - 01:52

Conclusion PROS Good overall performance. Very low MSRP cost/GB (see below). Company extremely receptive and responsive to reviewer feedback. CONS Latency Percentile revealed some inconsistencies at higher write QD and overall elevated read latencies...

Latency Percentile - Intro and Comparative Results

06/14/2016 - 01:40


Random Performance - Iometer (IOPS/latency), YAPT (random)

06/14/2016 - 01:26

We are trying something different here. Folks tend to not like to click through pages and pages of benchmarks, so I'm going to weed out those that show little to no delta across different units (PCMark). I'm also going to group results...